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What damages may be recovered after car accidents?

It is hard to go a single day without seeing news of one or more auto accidents occurring across the state. Car accidents simply happen far too frequently in South Carolina and elsewhere. When such events do occur, it is normal for those negatively affected — either the victims themselves or surviving family members — to wonder what damages may be recovered through legal means.

In accordance with state laws, those who have been injured or lost loved ones in car accidents may have legal recourse. Personal injury, wrongful death or any other applicable claims may be filed against the individuals deemed responsible. By taking such actions, if successful, the court may award compensation for any damages sustained that are specific to one’s case.

Examples of economic damages that are deemed recoverable include medical expenses, funeral expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages — among others. Examples of non-economic damages that may be compensated include, but are not limited to, disfigurement, loss of consortium, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. The monetary sum that may be granted for any of these things will be based on the victim’s personal circumstances.

When it comes to car accidents, every case is different. The damages sustained may be more extreme for some than for others. Thankfully, South Carolina allows all those negatively affected by such events to seek relief for their specific losses. In doing so, fair and full compensation may be awarded for any documented damages that are deemed recoverable in accordance with the laws of the state.

Source: FindLaw, “Economic Recovery for Accidents and Injuries“, Accessed on May 15, 2016

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